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Things To Do in Bol, Part II – Fabulous Artwork and Stonemasonry

23.07.2014.

Whether you're passionate about art, sculptury or you would love to see attractive historical sites on the beautiful island of Brač, then check out the Branislav Dešković Gallery, Mt. Vidova Gora and the Sculpting Academy in the Pučišća, Bol.
Go Back to School

The art of lapidary, a centuries-old tradition, is kept alive in Bol at the Sculpting Academy in Pučišća. It is here where students learn how to take enormous slices of Brač stone and transform them into decorative pieces. Amazingly, it’s the only stone masonry school in Europe and best of all you can go along while school is in session and watch how the stone comes alive. Fun Fact: The Roman Emperor Diocletian had a palace built in Split, all made from Brač stone. The stone was quarried by Roman slaves over many years. You can find out where else Brač stone is said to have been used by checking out these facts about Croatia.

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Spot the Sculptures

With the stone masonry school in Bol, it comes as no surprise that the town is covered with sophisticated works chiseled from Brač stone, including many sculptures that are dotted about the picturesque town. See how many you can spot along your travels.

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Pick up a Brač Stone Souvenir

Clocks, mortar and pestles, candlestick holders and magnets are just a few Brač stone souvenirs cut, sanded, polished, and awaiting to be taken home with you. One of the best places to pick up a souvenir is at one of the several kiosks along the beach promenade.

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Head up High to Vidova Gora

The highest peak in the Adriatic is Vidova Gora on the island of Brač. Drive up to the top and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the town of Bol, Zlatni Rat beach and out to the brilliant blue sea.

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Visit the Churches of Bol

There are several churches for you to admire in Bol. The most famous is the Gothic Renaissance church, Our Lady of Grace from the 15th century (currently under renovation as at June 2014). Standing at the alter is a renaissance painting of Madonna and Child with Saints, painted by famed Jacopo Tintoretto. The altarpiece was restored in 2003 at the Croatian Conservation Institute and I was fortunate enough to see the painting in a special private viewing earlier this year. Once open again to the public, I would encourage you to visit to appreciate this intricate painting close-up.

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Marvel at the Branislav Dešković Gallery

The Branislav Dešković Gallery is complete with over 380 exhibits collected over 50 years from artists born in or inspired by Bol. The gallery is positioned in the port of Bol, in a 17th century renaissance-baroque palace. Named after the first Impressionist sculptor in Croatia, Dešković of which there are a number of his sculptures on display. You can’t miss the gallery if you look out for the huge dog sculpture by the entrance.


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Chasing the Donkey is the #1 Croatian travel blog, an award-winning project authored by an Australian expat and her Croatian husband who live in the Croatian countryside.

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